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Salita Running Next “Brooklyn Brawl” Sept. 18

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Brooklyn Brawl returns on Thursday, September 18 to the Master Theater in Brooklyn

Junior Wright back in action; Plus Steven Martinez, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, Amanda Serrano vs Jackie Trivilino, Akil Aguste vs Godson Noel, Dimash Niyazov, Peter Reyes and Gary Beriguette

BROOKLYN (July 31, 2014)-– The fight fans have been clamoring for it, so back, by popular demand, comes another edition of “Brooklyn Brawl.”

Star of David Promotions CEO Dmitriy Salita is excited to announce that another exciting evening of professional boxing will run on Sept. 18, at the Master Theater, formerly known as the Millenium Theater, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.

Cruiserweight Junior Wright (10-0-1, 9 KO’s), who wowed the crowd with his skills, stamina and toughness in the last Brooklyn Brawl, back in May, will be in action on September. 18 in a six round bout.

“Junior Wright is recognized as one of the best cruiserweights in the world. He loves fighting in New York City, so we are very happy to bring one of the best prospects back to Brooklyn,” Salita said.

Also, junior middleweight contender Steven Martinez (15-1, 12 KO’s), gaining more of a reputation as a power-punching fan favorite in every outing, will also see action in Brighton Beach. Salita co-promotes Martinez along with future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. It speaks loudly that Jones, having been regarded himself as one of the most talented hitters every to enter the ring, calls Martinez, “one of the best talents in the junior middleweight division.” Added Salita: “Steve Martinez has been looking very impressive. He wants to make a statement again.” He will compete in a six round bout.

Top ten pound for pounder in the women’s ranks Amanda Serrano (20-1-1, 15 KO’s), a two-time world champion, will have her hands full with Jackie Trivilino, who showed New York fight fans she’s the real deal on June 14, when she fought rising star Heather Hardy tooth and nail at Barclays Center. This will be an eight-round bout.

Dimash Niyazov (6-0-2, 4 KO’s), a Kazakhstan-born boxer who possesses a blend of speed, power and mobility, looks to show boxing fans that Gennady Golovkin isn’t the only pugilistic talent produced by that nation. The junior welterweight living on Staten Island meets Jamell Tyson in a 6-round bout on Sept. 18. “Dimash Niyazov has been very inspired by success of his countryman Gennady Golovkin,” Salita said. “Dimash is very popular in this area, and is motivated to climb up the ranks.”

Also, 4-1 middleweight Akil “That Dude” Auguste (4-1, 4 Ko’s) of Brooklyn seeks to extend his KO streak to five fights, this time taking on Godson Noel (3-0, 2 KO’s).

Heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (9-0-1, 9 KO’s) returns to action in a six rounder. Also, popular power puncher Peter Reyes (4-0, 2 KO’s) is set to compete in a four rounder, against Maurice Amaro of Philadelphia. In addition, Gary Beriguette (5-0, 3KO’s) of Brooklyn will compete in four-round junior middleweight bout.

Salita finished with a note about the burgeoning excitement Star of David cards have been building in Brooklyn. “Master Theater, formerly the Millennium Theater, is a great venue and that helps create local buzz,” he said. “We have been getting a better and better turn out with each show!”

For more info visit salitapromotions.com for tickets call 646-401-5657

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2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura

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The WBC World Super Featherweight title bout between Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miura came on one of the biggest boxing stages of 2015, as the bout served as the HBO pay-per-view’s co-main event on November 21st, in support of Miguel Cotto vs Saul Alvarez.

Miura entered the fight with a (29-2-2) record and he was making the fifth defense of his world title, while Vargas entered the fight with an undefeated mark of (22-0-1) in what was his first world title fight. Both men had a reputation for all-out fighting, with Miura especially earning high praise for his title defense in Mexico where he defeated Sergio Thompson in a fiercely contested battle.

The fight started out hotly contested, and the intensity never let up. Vargas seemed to win the first two rounds, but by the fourth round, Miura seemed to pull ahead, scoring a knock-down and fighting with a lot of confidence. After brawling the first four rounds, Miura appeared to settle into a more technical approach. Rounds 5 and 6 saw the pendulum swing back towards Vargas, as he withstood Miura’s rush to open the fifth round and the sixth round saw both men exchanging hard punches.

The big swinging continued, and though Vargas likely edged Miura in rounds 5 and 6, Vargas’ face was cut in at least two spots and Miura started to assert himself again in rounds 7 and 8. Miura was beginning to grow in confidence while it appeared that Vargas was beginning to slow down, and Miura appeared to hurt Vargas at the end of the 8th round.

Vargas turned the tide again at the start of the ninth round, scoring a knock down with an uppercut and a straight right hand that took Miura’s legs and sent him to the canvas. Purely on instinct, Miura got back up and continued to fight, but Vargas was landing frequently and with force. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the fight at the halfway point of round 9 as Miura was sustaining a barrage of punches.

Miura still had a minute and a half to survive if he was going to get out of the round, and it was clear that he was not going to stop fighting.

A back and forth battle of wills between two world championship level fighters, Takashi Miura versus “El Bandido” Vargas wins the 2015 Fight of the Year.

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Jan 9 in Germany – Feigenbutz and De Carolis To Settle Score

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This coming Saturday, January 9th, the stage is set at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany for a re-match between Vincent Feigenbutz and Giovanni De Carolis. The highly anticipated re-match is set to air on SAT.1 in Germany, and Feigenbutz will once again be defending his GBU and interim WBA World titles at Super Middleweight.

The first meeting between the two was less than three months ago, on October 17th and that meeting saw Feigenbutz controversially edge De Carolis on the judge’s cards by scores of (115-113, 114-113 and 115-113). De Carolis scored a flash knock down in the opening round, and he appeared to outbox Feigenbutz in the early going, but the 20 year old German champion came on in the later rounds.

The first bout is described as one of the most crowd-pleasing bouts of the year in Germany, and De Carolis and many observers felt that the Italian had done enough to win.

De Carolis told German language website RAN.DE that he was more prepared for the re-match, and that due to the arrogance Feigenbutz displayed in the aftermath of the first fight, he was confident that he had won over some of the audience. Though De Carolis fell short of predicting victory, he promised a re-vamped strategy tailored to what he has learned about Feigenbutz, whom he termed immature and inexperienced.

The stage is set for Feigenbutz vs De Carolis 2, this Saturday January 9th in Offenburg, Germany. If you can get to the live event do it, if not you have SAT.1 in Germany airing the fights, and The Boxing Channel right back here for full results.

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2015 Knock Out of the Year – Saul Alvarez KO’s James Kirkland

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On May 9th of 2015, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez delivered a resonant knock-out of James Kirkland on HBO that wins the 2015 KO of the Year.

The knock-out itself came in the third round, after slightly more than two minutes of action. The end came when Alvarez delivered a single, big right hand that caught Kirkland on the jaw and left him flat on his back after spinning to the canvas.Alvarez was clearly the big star heading into the fight. The fight was telecast by HBO for free just one week after the controversial and disappointing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight, and Alvarez was under pressure to deliver the type of finish that people were going to talk about. Kirkland was happy to oblige Alvarez, taking it right to Alvarez from the start. Kirkland’s aggression saw him appear to land blows that troubled the young Mexican in the early going. Alvarez played good defense, and he floored Kirkland in the first round, displaying his power and his technique in knocking down an aggressive opponent.

However, Kirkland kept coming at Alvarez and the fight entered the third round with both men working hard and the feeling that the fight would not go the distance. Kirkland continued to move forward, keeping “Canelo” against the ropes and scoring points with a barrage of punches while looking for an opening.

At around the two minute mark, Alvarez landed an uppercut that sent Kirkland to the canvas again. Kirkland got up, but it was clear that he did not have his legs under him. Kirkland was going to try to survive the round, but Alvarez had an opportunity to close out the fight. The question was would he take it?

Alvarez closed in on Kirkland, putting his opponent’s back to the ropes. Kirkland was hurt, but he was still dangerous, pawing with punches and loading up for one big shot.

But it was the big shot “Canelo” threw that ended the night. Kirkland never saw it coming, as he was loading up with a huge right hand of his own. The right Alvarez threw cracked Kirkland in the jaw, and his eyes went blank. His big right hand whizzed harmlessly over the head of a ducking Alvarez, providing the momentum for the spin that left Kirkland prone on the canvas.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez went on to defeat Miguel Cotto in his second fight of 2015 and he is clearly one of boxing’s biggest stars heading into 2016. On May 9th Alvarez added another reel to his highlight film when he knocked out James Kirkland with the 2015 “Knock Out of the Year”.

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